Chris Russell Named Associate Head Coach For Men's Tennis
Sept. 16, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington men's tennis head coach Matt Anger announced Thursday that former Oregon head coach, Chris Russell, has been named associate head coach for the Husky program. Russell comes to Seattle after serving as the Ducks' head coach for the last nine seasons.
'I've known Chris for such a long time and have worked with him on certain projects, as well as coached against him for so many years,' Anger said. 'He brings a wealth of experience to the staff. I respect Chris so much both on and off the court and can't wait for us to get started working together.'
Russell, who has 15 years of NCAA Division I head coaching experience, took over the reigns of the Oregon men's tennis program in 1995, leading the Ducks to NCAA team appearances in 2000 and 2004. Russell was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2000 after helping Oregon to a trip to the NCAA tourney and an overall record of 12-10. He also mentored Guillermo Carter, who earned All-America honors for the Ducks in 2000. Russell finished his tenure at Oregon with an 83-117 record.
'I'm really looking forward to joining the Husky program,' Russell said. 'Working with Matt is going to be stimulating for me professionally. The respect he has garnered for his program on a national level will be nice to become apart of. It is tough for me to say good-bye to my guys, especially since I'll be facing them again. But as far as Washington goes, the commitment they have for their Olympic sports programs - you can see it. It's exciting to be heading that way.'
Russell was the head coach at his alma mater, UC Santa Barbara, before coming to Eugene. He coached the men's squad from 1988-89 and the women's team from 1991-94. Russell received Coach of the Year honors in the Big West Conference each season he was at UCSB, and earned West Region Coach of the Year accolades from the ITA in 1994.
As a player himself, Russell was a four-year starter on the Gaucho tennis team from 1981-85. He worked as an undergraduate assistant coach in 1985-86 at UCSB and received his bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies, with a minor in coaching, in 1986. Russell and his wife Allison, a Seattle native, have two children, Kylie (4) and Logan (2).
Russell fills the vacancy on the UW men's tennis coaching staff left by former assistant Gordon O'Reilly, who after 11 years resigned from the position to pursue other business opportunities.